Ongoing Educational Activities
During the summer of 2014, the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts staged an “ART-IN”, inviting visitors and members of the community to collaborate on paintings. Completed works, along with those in process, were included in an exhibition titled All Together Now: Collaborative Paintings, with proceeds from the sale of works supporting the Center’s educational programming.
The event and exhibition were inspired by the work of Liam O’Gallagher and designed to promote collaboration, creativity and community as a means of creating constructive change in the human condition and the planet. As Liam had studied painting in Greenwich Village in the 1940s with Hans Hofmann, who taught a number of leading Abstract Expressionists, the processes employed were inspired by these ideas. The project was also influenced by surrealist techniques for utilizing random chance to work free of conscious control, as well as Eastern approaches to non-attachment – both important aspects of Liam’s life work. As part of our educational programming, this project served to introduce individuals to artistic processes and was open to everyone, from professional artists to “non-artists”.
Due to the success of this event, we are making this collaborative painting project an ongoing activity of the Center, open to individuals or groups. Participants will learn more about Liam O’Gallagher’s work, while opening up to their own potential as conscious creators through hands on experience.
Kevin Wallace, Director of the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts & Happy Valley Cultural Center, will lead this workshop. As a curator and writer, Wallace works with museum curators and collectors to place works of art in the permanent collections of leading museums, is a regular contributor to numerous international publications, and regularly speaks on the subject of art and craft.
Kevin Wallace Teaching at the Center
Wallace has guest-curated exhibitions for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, the Long Beach Museum of Art, the Cultural Affairs Department of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles International Airport, and the San Luis Obispo Art Center.
Books include Celebrating Nature: Craft Traditions/Contemporary Expressions; Transforming Vision: The Wood Sculpture of William Hunter, 1970-2005; River of Destiny: The Life and Work of Binh Pho; Moulthrop: A Legacy in Wood; Every Exit is an Entry: The Life and Work of Liam O’Gallagher, The Cutting Edge: Contemporary Wood Art & The Lipton Collection, and Shadow of The Turning.
Wallace has also co-authored a number of books, including New Masters of Woodturning: Expanding the Boundaries of Wood Art; The Art of Vivika and Otto Heino; Michael Peterson: Evolution/Revolution; Contemporary Turned Wood: New Perspectives in a Rich Tradition; Baskets: Tradition & Beyond; and Contemporary Glass: Color, Light & Form.
“Our educational programming at the Center is concerned with sharing knowledge and opening people up to the wonderful world of creative expression,” Wallace says. “Everything I know I learned from others and I have been fortunate to know and work with so many fascinating artists, collectors, dealers, curators and writers.”
Please contact the Center for more information.
For workshop registration, please contact:
The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts
Tel: 805-646-3381 or email us at BeatriceWoodCenter@gmail.com.
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